I. Results Are In… KESHA ROGERS GETS HER BUTT KICKED, Will Get her Butt Kicked again in May…
David M Almeel … Early Votes… 48.6 percent; total Votes 47.06 percent
Kesha Rogers … Early Votes… 21.03 percent; total Votes… 21.72 percen
All told, Kesha Rogers did not much better than Wendy Davis’s primary foe, Reynaldo “Ray” Madrigal. The early vote total here is indicative. The question that lingers about the “Poll Heard Round the World” (or “round Texas” at least) is whether it was accurate and the response to it caused a shift in vote totals, or whether — just as this polling unit has been in the past — it is inaccurate when it comes to polling these “low stakes” Democratic primary races. The answer appears to be the latter.
As it were, despite the fact the Almeel is a pretty meager candidate, he did better than the Democratic Establishment (reluctant) pick of 2012, and Kesha Rogers did worse than the “Best Name of the rest of the ballot” pick — which is the dynamic that these Democratic state races apparently often come down to. Note about this point here… on funding discreprency… this is something I’ve seen before on how candidates who’ve been little more than hobby candidates running miles ahead of the dominant party in general elections. I remember laughing when I saw Gordon Allen Pross championing his 30 plus percent of the vote off of a mere 300 dollars in campaign expenditures against Incumbent Doc Hastings. (also note… hm… “Tea Party”.)
In sussing out whether the SINO (“Sane In Name Only”, thank you wonkette commenter for that) has any shot whatsoever against the DINO (The rich Dentist has some Republican Politics in his background)… the first item (as explored in my last Kesha Rogers related Larouche Challenge blog post) looks like a lock for the DINO… the closer to 50 for Almeel, the further down Rogers goes in the result, the harder it is to see this get upended in a run-off. The Second possibility is a matter I was curious about, and it looks like it is answered in this “ballot access News” post… Republican Primary voters will not be allowed to vote in the Democratic Primary run -off, which means party chicanery on that score to embarrass the Democrats will be limited to … oh… Kesha Rogers appearances on “Freedom Talk” right wing Republican radio stations.The third possibility, and I do recognize this as a flight of whimsy, but it’s worth arguing against anyway… via wonkette…
Did this lady learn grammar and sentence construction from the same people that taught Sarah Palin? We tried diagramming that first sentence but gave up after about 15 minutes of trying to un-torture the syntax.
Given that running against Cornyn is like beating your head against the wall for any Democrat, we can’t decide if we want this woman to make it past the primary. On the one hand, election integrity and elevating the discourse and blah blah blah, but on the other hand, comedy gold for us if she stays in. Tough call.
Okay. Dear Wonkette Poster. You need to know, win or lose, Kesha Rogers isn’t going anywhere. For all we know, she will continue to “run” a “write me in” campaign like happened in 2010 with the (now former) Larouchie who had neglected to get on the ballot in a race against Nancy Pelosi. But whatever the case, she will be out there… shouting out at supermarket parking lots in Texas, and appearing on Larouche webcasts. It’s the same thing, just a smaller platform. It’s a little like both Jay Leno and Conan O’brien: neither are right now hosting the Tonight Show, but if you really want your Jay Leno fix you know he is out on tour, and if you really want your Conan O’brien fix, you know he has a show on Basic Cable. So there is no reason to f’ over Wendy Davis on the bellot line, particularly when there’s a good possibility Kinky Friedman will be sitting there a couple of spots down on this ballot. And there’s no reason to slide the Overton Window over to allow Ted Cruz to look reasonably moderate.
“Tea Party” support… if this blogtitle has any credibility… Hm. The only problem with the fact sheet put out by the Democratic Party is that there aren’t any facts on it regarding who Lyndon LaRouche actually is. I think it’s time the press did their homework on this issue. Then maybe the public would start trusting them again. They trusted them… when?
National Review chimes in. At the very least, we have another couple months where someone’s running for office in Texas calling for President Obama’s impeachment.
Daily Kos describes the vote.
Voted this afternoon. The Republican table was (9+ / 0-)right by the door at my local elementary school, but the Dem table was way across the gym. I asked the precinct worker, did they put you way over here because they knew nobody was voting Democrat (we are in TX-22). She laughed and said there had been a few so far.
This and that.
Even when it benefits the D, identity politics makes me extremely uncomfortable. When it’s done apples-to-apples that’s one thing, but when you vote for a LaRouche loon? Ugh….
Texas Democrats use precinct caucuses for the presidential race. Any thought of doing that for the downballot races, at least until the nuts go away? It’s really hard for people like the Larouchers to get through the vetting of a caucus.
I live in Oklahoma, but our local news is in the Texas market, and I’ve never seen Alameel’s ads on television; I assume he’s only targeting the major cities/suburbs.
If Rogers wins, it will make the TDP look ridiculous, and it also shows many Democrats in Texas didn’t do their research before voting.
Weigel is more worried than he ought be. This will blow away in May. No effect in November.
But the “threat” isn’t that Rogers wins tonight. It’s likely that no Democrat will win 50 percent of the vote. Rogers wants to hold about 25–30 percent and make the runoff, and it’s very possible she will, giving her two months to terrify Democrats and get national attention.
I would disagree about Democrats agreeing with LaRouche 30 years ago. I was a Democrat in 1980, and I thought he was a lunatic then.
Asked for his remarks on the primary election results, Lyndon LaRouche stated, “Apparently there was a systematic attempted fraud. They tried to apparently pull off fraud against the Kesha Rogers vote.”
When Kesha Rogers was reached for her remarks, she stated that her campaign had gained a clear victory:
“We have done our job and that was to change subject of the political discussion. That is just what we did. We made the impeachment of Obama the dominant subject. Now we have to finish the job. Obama must be impeached now.”
Comments of snark.
She’s a SINO. Sane in name only. Sheesh the crazy.
I might not be so quick to write this nice lady off. When I regard the roster of candidates that have been elected to public office in Texas over the past twenty years or so, it is evident to me that crazy often prevails.
I once saw the LaRouche people at the Sarah Palin graces Boston for 15 minutes rally. They were sitting at a table, where caricatures of Obama (complete with Hitler mustache), Barney Frank (done up as a pig) and Queen Elizabeth (surprisingly not a caricature though it was a guy) were passing white powder around.
It was rather surreal.
Alex Jones had LaRouche on his radio show about a year ago. He was about to turn 95 and was going on and on about how the British monarchy control everything and want to start a nuclear war. Even Jones didn’t have much to say to that.
95 and still pumping out fresh material.
Their thing about Queen Elizabeth is a smokescreen. What they mean is that London banks–i.e., the Jews, i.e., the Rothschilds–control the world.
Oddly, La Rouche used to have a cable program where he talked about the violin and tuning systems. Even more oddly, he used to have a followingamong students of the Austrian music theorist Heinrich Schenker.
Sort of like herpes, these LaRouche folks never go away.
I miss the old days when the La Rouchies and the Hari Krishnas would square off in the airport corridors and rumble like the sharks and the jets in West Side Story
I got a full-on dose of LaRouche from a random opponent in online chess last year. That was enough for the next decade or so, thanks.
The sad part is that an insane Larouchite running as a Democrat in Texas probably stands a greater chance of unseating Cornyn than an actual Democrat.
I look forward to reading her well-crafted policy position on the Lizard People.
If this doesn’t work out for her I’m sure she’ll get a cushy gig as a commentator on RT.
I was on the phone with some relatives from the UK the other day, and they expressed their concern about how conservative Seattle is, a conclusion that they had come to during their last visit in 2010.
“Huhwhat?” was my stupified reply.
“There were all those people downtown with Obama posters with the Hitler mustaches!” they exclaimed.
“Oh!” I realized. “LaRouchies.” And then I had to explain THAT to them and I think they got bored.
I’m trying to think who is comparable in British politics for you to use as comparison, and I’m drawing a compltet blank. Probably because they have socialized medicine with comprehensive mental illness coverage.
Rogers cited the Obama administration’s decision to send Secretary of State John Kerry to Kiev as proof that the administration was supporting Nazi sympathizers in the country.
Cornyn is the heavy favorite to win re-election. TPM asked how Rogers expected to win the entire race given Cornyn’s popularity and hefty war chest.
“Three million dollars couldn’t stop me from getting a bid in the race, couldn’t stop me from getting to the runoff and so you’re still going with popular opinion?” Rogers said.
As soon as you mention that this woman follows LaRouche, alarm bells go off in my head. Is she mentally unbalanced? Or just a paranoid maniac with a good mailing list? The mind reels at the poor quality of candidates for political office these days. It’s almost as though one has to act unhinged just to get on the ballot. I hope she enjoys her 15 minutes…and the clock is ticking.
LaRouche’s acolytes tend to be pretty off the wall, but she is not entirely wrong here, there ARE prominent Ukrainian neo-fascists represented in the interim government. Dmytro Yarosh, for example, is now Deputy Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council. Yarosh is also known as the leader of the fascist ‘Right Sector’ organization. Or another example, the new prosecutor general of Ukraine is Oleh Makhnitsky, a member of the far-right ‘Svoboda’ political party.
I wonder if Kesha gets her news from Russia Today?
Here’s “Kesha Rogers” country. Someone who knows Texas geography can tell me if these counties mean anything.
But, I don’t think any honest observer, left or right, could really dispute that Kesha Rogers is a more extremely extreme extremist than Chris Mapp or even the most unfashionable Tea Party affiliated candidate.
Lyndon LaRouche, we are also informed, argues that “Mankind is ruled by the powers of creative foresight and the courage to develop and advance the condition of mankind against the biological tyranny of Zeus. It is the actual commitment of Prometheus which scientifically defines the intent of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, while Obama’s presidency is nothing but a sycophancy of Zeus and his bitch the British Queen.”
. The other is that lots and lots of Texas Democrats are radically disengaged from the political process, and are voting on something very different than policy positions.
For years, an elderly man named Gene Kelly — no relation to the movie dancer — would force Texas Democratic candidates into runoffs, despite a complete lack of active campaigning. [...]
Democrats will have to decide whether to back Kinky Friedman against the party’s own prior judgment, or take a chance on Hogan in their primary runoff.
“They’re back to square one, forced to choose between colorful, comedic Kinky Friedman, or a complete unknown who is an unvetted candidate,” says Jones, the Rice professor.
Hogan never even set up a campaign website. He would check for coverage of the race on the Internet during his lunch break, but that was about it.
#2: Dave Christie Heckles Obama.
Hm… Former Washington State 9th Congressional Candidate in what he pretends is an “Intervention“.
THE PRESIDENT: …And the fact is we’ve got a fundamental disagreement with the other side. And that’s okay — this is a democracy, that’s how it works. But we have a fundamental disagreement about what we need to do now to secure our future. And don’t get me wrong, I consider –
AUDIENCE MEMBER: Mr. Obama!
THE PRESIDENT: — I consider Republicans patriots who love this country just as much as we do.
AUDIENCE MEMBER: Tell us about your plans for nuclear war with Russia!
THE PRESIDENT: I’m sorry, who’s that back there? (Laughter.) What the heck are you talking about? (Applause.)
AUDIENCE: Obama! Obama! Obama!
THE PRESIDENT: No, no, don’t worry about it. We’re okay. Have a seat. I don’t know anything about that plan. (Laughter.) I don’t know what you’ve been reading. (Laughter.) Let me return to what I was talking about. (Applause.) See, he thought happy hour started earlier. (Laughter and applause.)
This gets predictable plaudits from liberals and Democrats. From Republicans… it’s odd that there’s some who think the crowd should be chanting “U!S!A!” like “Obama!”, like Bush supporters did to Bush hecklers. A silly place to put the “Obama Cult” line, but whatever.
The bottom line is Dave Christie in mentioned nowhere in the news, and … some places even try to gussy him up to make him make more sense.
President Obama was speaking to the Democratic National Committee during their Winter Meeting when a heckler could be heard calling out from the back of the room, “Mr. Obama, tell us about your nuclear war in Russia!” It was originally believed that the heckler had said, “Mr. Obama, tell us about your nuclear plan in Russia!” and that is how the incident was translated to the Russian press.
Got somewhat sad when I found out Dave Christie was the poor bastard shouting at Obama. Our ideas about intervention were ludicrous and they either made us look insane or absurd and in this case, Dave Christie made Obama look calm and witty and completely in control while he made himself look like a shouting drunk. That extreme jump from “Obama Likes WallSt, WallSt funded Hitler, Obama is Hitler, Obama wants to kill everyone,” doesn’t exist anywhere outside the groupthink of these mass conspiracy groups. Then the extreme helpless attitude of what constitutes political action.
III. To a “Bilderburg Watcher“.
“Brett Kimberlin gets his Lyndon Larouche grove on”. I suppose I should apologize to Lyndon LaRouche.
IV. No heat on the Alex Jones appearance by Larouche. Everyone getting bored of these ramblings, I suppose.